For a quick island getaway near Seattle, make your way to Blake Island Marine State Park! Accessible only by boat, this 1,127-acre site is located on the densely wooded Blake Island, which was originally home to the Suquamish Indian tribe. Once the private preserve of the Willliam Pitt Trimble family, the island now welcomes visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby cities.
Except for service animals, four-legged adventurers are not allowed on tour boats, so taking a private boat is the only way to go if you're bringing your doggo along. Note that in addition to purchasing a Discover Pass, guests who arrive via a private vessel must pay a daily moorage fee.
Though many visit for the Native American-themed Tillicum events, the island also has 8 miles of hiking trails waiting to be explored. Hit the perimeter road with your pupper to stroll along the edge of the island, and see if you can catch views of Puget Sound, Seattle, and Mount Rainier. For a longer hike, check out the Blue and Red Trails, which venture into the island's interior and offer opportunities to spot forest animals such as deer, chipmunks, and raccoons. Many types of birds, including bald eagles, have been seen in the park as well.
At the site of the former Trimble mansion on the northeast side, you and Fido will find a short, interpretive trail where native plants abound. Whichever trails you tackle, always keep your furry buddy on an 8-foot leash and clean up after them. Always have clean-up bags and water on hand. Aside from other hikers, you might share some of the paths with mountain bikers.
For overnighters, the park offers several non-reservable campsites, including three Cascadia Marine Trail sites for canoers and kayakers. Camping supplies and snacks are available at the store in the park office.
A furrific time awaits you and Fido at Blake Island Marine State Park!